Though children are already beginning their summer vacations, the official beginning of summer begins on the day known as the summer solstice. The summer solstice is one of two solstices occurring every year (the other being the winter solstice usually occurring on the 21st of December) that mark the moment at which one of Earth’s poles has its maximum tilt towards the sun. As the summer officially begins, longer and hotter days will arrive and children will find themselves with plenty of time on their hands now that the school year is over. In this blog, we will discuss ways in which children can make the best of their summer vacations and utilize their time-off effectively.
Busy at work? Perhaps a summer camp would be ideal!
Summer camp options are available in many different varieties. Depending on what your child’s preference is, summer camps could be a fantastic way to utilize their summer vacation time to learn a new and valuable skill. Some examples of summer camps that can watch over your child throughout the weekdays and have them learn something new include dance camps, sports camps (including sports like soccer, tennis, football, basketball, baseball and many more), music and singing camps where children can learn to play musical instruments or improve their vocals, and many more! If your child prefers, there are also volunteer run summer camps commonly found in your local communities that are more general and engage children in fun activities like board games and outdoor fun at playgrounds. Perhaps one of the most important benefits of children being at summer camp would be the social aspect, as children can meet and make new friends and memories. Don’t forget to check Summer Camp Physicals off your to-do list ASAP by visiting www.fcpediatrics.com/appointments/ Now is the time! ⏰
Summer tutoring and getting ahead on classes
While children for the most part see their summer vacations as a time in which they would like to specifically avoid academics, the summer could be a very useful period of time in which children can improve or even get ahead and advance on school and academics. Perhaps if there is a particular subject in school your child needs improvement on, this could be a perfect opportunity to get on track by going to tutoring. Children can also take summer classes that might be able to count for something in their upcoming school year. For example, teens in high school may have the option to take classes via virtual online schools that may allow them to advance in their graduation requirements. Older teens may even have the option of dual enrolling in college courses that could see them earning high school and college credits at once. If academics during the summer interests you or your child, contact their school guidance counselor to gain some specific information on how your child can continue to make progress in their education throughout the summer.
Spending time with children
While the ability to spend time with children is very much dependent on work schedules and availability during the week, it can be a very good way to do things that might not be possible during the school year. Perhaps activities in the evening or night such as taking an evening bike ride, catching a movie, attending local events, and even dining at restaurants or grabbing frozen yogurt could be a nice way to spend time together considering the children may not have to be in bed early! If possible on weekends or days you might have time off work, spending time outdoors could be a great way for you and your child(ren) to get some exercise while spending quality time together.
The summer presents a fresh period of time for both parents and children alike. There are so many activities children have the option to partake in during the summer, whether they prefer to use the time to take a well-deserved break from a long school year or maybe try to advance even further academically. The biggest takeaway really is about how to properly manage time, a wonderful life skill for children to begin improving on at any age.
May you all have a wonderful and enjoyable summer with your children!